The collision of the global economy, environment and human health has been the focus of Associate Professor Mary Davis’ research in locales ranging from coastal Maine to Vietnam. Mary recently completed a Department of Labor-funded study examining whether gig economy workers suffer worse health outcomes than hourly paid employees. Her findings shed light on the inequality of health outcomes for low-income, minority, and female workers. She is currently finishing her first book that explores the relationship between jobs and health from an economic and public health perspective, and recently started a new project focused on nurses and the nursing profession.
Professor Davis received degrees in Economics from the University of Miami (BA) and the University of Florida (MS/PhD). She has also held research appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts Boston, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Boston University. Professor Davis teaches a range of urban planning and policy courses at UEP, including economics, public health, built environment, and statistics, and is known for her innovative teaching practices, including a poetry project. She also served as department chair 2016-2021.